• Bill Camarillo: One of 8 Panelist at 42nd Annual VCEDA Business Outlook Conference
    Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at

  • Agromin CEO Bill Camarillo was a member of an eight-person panel at the November 7 Business Outlook Conference (BOC) presented by the Ventura County Economic Development Association (VCEDA). In its 42nd year, this morning's BOC drew over 150 attendees. This year's topic was "Business and Education: A Partnership for the Future." 

    The panel was a mix of business and education leaders in Ventura County. The panel discussion highlighted the best ways to work together to improve academic outcomes and produce a workforce that meets the needs of Ventura County businesses today and tomorrow.

    The panelist agreed that business and education must work in a spirit of collaboration so educational institutions know the type of worker skills needed in order for businesses to stay competitive. Bill noted that workers need life skills as well work skills--confidence, endurance and competitiveness with the ability to learn from failure.
    The panel discussion was videotaped and will soon be posted on the VCEDA website (http://www.vceda.org). It's a valuable information resource for businesses seeking ways to improve their competitive advantage through worker education options. 

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  • Eagle Scout Project Spruces Up McAuliffe Middle School in Los Alamitos
    Monday, November 5, 2012 at

  • Eric Ball

    Eric Ball is on his was to becoming a full-fledged Eagle Scout. Each Eagle Scout in training must develop, manage and execute a community-based service project as part of achieving this high honor.

    Eric's project was to completely rejuvenate six planters at McAuliffe Middle School in Los Alamitos. Eric went to middle school at McAuliffe and knew the planters had been installed a year ago as part of the school's modernization project but never completely finished. The planters needed more soil, plants and a weed barrier.

    Before he could start making improvements, Eric had to be sure the stone tops of the planters were protected from chipping and the installed sprinkler systems would be treated with care. The weed barriers needed to be installed, soil applied and an assortment of grasses planted--all over one weekend.

    Agromin donated almost 3 cubic yards of organic soil and 1 cubic yard of organic mulch/topsoil to help Eric. 
    Loading up Organic Soil at Agromin
    Shoveling Soil Into Planters
    Eric, his father, Bruce (an Eagle Scout himself), his grandfather Bob and family friend Dave Regnier loaded the Agromin soil and mulch into their pickup trucks at the Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base. The soil was unloaded by hand by scouts and parents starting around 4:00 p.m. Friday afternoon, October 26. 
    Laying Down a Weed Barrier
    The second phase of Eric's project began at 8:00 a.m. the next morning when he measured, cut and installed a weed barrier for each planter. Next came planting the grasses, followed by spreading a layer of Agromin's topsoil/mulch in the new planting areas.
    Congratulations, Eric, from the Agromin team. We are proud to be part of your accomplishment.

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